Bavaria, Germany has said it will begin trialling a hydrogen-powered train on the Augsburg – Füssen route in mid-2023 to help decarbonise its transportation sector.
Developed by Siemens Mobility, the two-car train is designed to operate on non-electrified rail lines and has a range of up to 800 kilometres.
Siemens has said it will present the train in the spring of 2022. If the 2023 trials provide a success, the train will officially enter passenger service in January 2024.
The move to hydrogen-powered locomotives in the German state has been supported by the Bavarian State Ministers for Economic Affairs and for Transport.
On Monday (July 12), a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between the Minister for Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger, Minister for Transport Kerstin Schreyer, and Siemens Mobility and Bayerische Regiobahn (BRB) for the effort.
Commenting on the news, Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger, said, “The train is another important component in Bavaria’s hydrogen strategy. My ministry is promoting research, development and applications in the field of hydrogen technology.
“We’re organising this rail project together with our partners because we’re convinced that hydrogen technology will make a significant contribution to decarbonising transport. We’ll prove in Bavaria that business and climate protection can be reconciled with green hydrogen.”
Karl Blaim, Managing Director of Siemens Mobility, added, “Siemens Mobility is a leading supplier in the development of alternative drives, which can contribute significantly to reducing emissions, especially in regional transport where there are no electrified overhead lines.
“The technology partnership between Siemens Mobility and the State of Bavaria enables the further development of the Mireo Plus H for Bavaria and supports climate-friendly passenger transport in the state.”
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